Are you considering going back to school to complete a degree? Whether you hope to kick off a new career or advance in your current one, online education is overflowing with opportunities, flexibility, and convenience for the 21st century student.
A host of colleges and universities offer online degree programs, but not all are created equal. Affordability is a priority for just about everyone; many online programs are costly, and some can even saddle students with tens of thousands of dollars of debt. Here are some tips for navigating your choices:
It pays to comparison shop, especially in an era when institutional costs can vary dramatically from one school to the next. To estimate the cost of tuition and fees, the following factors will be important:
Tennessee is making affordable education a priority. Find out more about Gov. Haslam's new plan to send students to two year community college programs for free.
There are lots of different degree options from WGU Tennessee. Take a look at them here.
Financial aid can make a huge difference in the actual cost of a degree. Be sure to investigate all available financial aid sources (like the ones listed below) before you commit to an online university or degree program:
WGU Tennessee offers working adults fifty programs that can be completed while working full-time. At only $6,000 per year for tuition (and no tuition increases since 2008), most of our students earn back their investments in education within only a few years.
Before you enroll, you need a clear understanding of the investment you will be making and the benefits you expect to receive. If you choose wisely, you can invest in an education that will pay dividends to you and your family for years, even decades, to come.
Dr. Kimberly Estep is the Chancellor of WGU Tennessee. She previously served as vice president for academic affairs and student services at Nashville State Community College. She has a doctorate in history from Auburn University and a master’s degree in adult education from the University of Georgia. You can find out more about WGU Tennessee by clicking here.